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High turnout, ‘better representation’
I am writing to acknowledge the superior civic engagement with voter turnout in such a battleground state for this presidential election. This means Florida will have a better representation of what the population wants and encourages. This is important to me because I am a first-time voter and have been politically involved almost my entire life.
This year has been extremely difficult with the global pandemic taking over our everyday lives, and mail-in ballots were essential for this election. Florida had 9.1 million citizens cast mail-in ballots or go to the polls to vote early, including myself. The citizens of Florida have really stepped up this year for democracy by (approaching) the 83% presidential-year turnout mark set in 1992. It is amazing to see democracy at work in real time, using statistics and polling.
I have always encouraged my fellow citizens to get out and vote because this is the only time that the richest of citizens have the exact same amount of power as someone who might not have as much. I encourage everyone to continue their own research on issues and push the winner to be the best possible president for the United States.
Ansley Waddell, Estero area
Appreciation for nurse practitioners
National Nurse Practitioner Week honors NPs role in strengthening patient health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of this year’s annual recognition of National Nurse Practitioner Week, to begin Sunday, communities nationwide will honor the critical role of NPs, who are championing the health of America’s patients.
As our nation faces the challenges of COVID-19, providing health care access to aging Americans, rising health care costs and the growing burden of chronic disease, NPs bring strength to the health care workforce and maximize our health care system’s potential. NPs assess patients, order and interpret tests, make diagnoses and provide treatment, including prescribing medications.
NPs practice in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, nursing homes and private practices across the country. As clinicians who blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs offer a comprehensive perspective to health care.
Happy NP Week to all NPs! The theme for this year’s celebration will be “NPs Moving Forward: Today. Tomorrow. Together.” The 2020 commemoration will occur as the nursing community celebrates the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.
Arlene Wright, Fort Myers
‘Let the system work’
Dear Mr. President:
Let the system work. The poll workers are doing the job they were hired to do. We all owe them our gratitude. This is not a political job for them; they were not hired because of their politics, and probably half, given the split in our country, have voted for you.
There are several layers of checks and balances in the system, and there is a review by a coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents, appointed to review any ballot that raises a question to its legitimacy. Only ballots that meet state requirements, which vary according to states, are being counted. The system works for all of us.
So count the ballots. Time will tell, and we will know soon enough. In the meantime, you are president. This is a time to be “presidential.” Stop tweeting falsehoods that undermine our electoral system. Stop issuing “premature claims fo victory ” and stating you “would take the election to the Supreme Court to stop the counting” (see “Biden Moves a Step Closer with Wisconsin Victory,” Naples Daily News, Thursday, Nov. 5). Please start attending to your duties as president.
Patricia Aiken O’Neill, Naples
Doctors want masks, not salutations
I strongly object to the recent letter telling us that doctors should be grateful for all the salutations given them for their work on coronavirus cases. This is the equivalent of the phony hopes ands prayers sent to victims of gun violence.
What doctors want is that people take precautions such as masking and social distancing so they do not have to risk their lives taking care of these patients. It is wrong to claim politics when medical professionals give well-founded scientific evidence.
Soon we will have real leadership from the top.
Benjamin Glick, M.D., North Naples
‘Look at who he will bring with him’
After reading letters to the editor and all the horrible things about Trump, lets look at Biden, who has been in Congress for over 40 years and has never made the right decision. And look at who he will bring with him: The Squad, Sanders, Harris, all wanting to change this country into socialism.
The Democratic Party is determined to destroy our country, and I sure hope that all the people who voted for Biden get what they asked for.
Moe Sinclair, Cape Coral